2025 Cadillac XT5
There is an all-new generation Cadillac XT5 coming very soon. At least in China.
And after 8 years, I was expecting more. This just looks like a very tame (which is only one latter way from “lame”) redesign. Maybe I was spoiled by the illustration (bottom) I posted here a few weeks ago.
The current XT5 has been Cadillac’s best seller for a few years, but with only 26,808 sold last year, it has fallen behind its competition. Especially the Lexus RX which sold over 114,000 units last year alone! And under 27,000 units for a best seller is a bit sad…
Cadillac announced a couple of years ago that all new Cadillac models introduced in the US would be EVs. They probably thought the Cadillac Lyriq would pick up where the XT5 left off since after incentives, the Cadillac EV is just a few thousand dollars more than the old XT5. But that didn’t happen since GM ran into delays after delays and various problems with manufacturing and delivering the Lyriq. To make things worse, many owners have been complaining about similar problems to the ones that caused the stop sale order on the Chevrolet Blazer EV. (So far there has been no stop sale order on other GM EVs).
Sales went up for 2023 and Cadillac was able to get over 9100 of them out of the door. If they don’t encounter more problems, it’s reasonable to assume numbers could match those of the old XT5 in a couple of years. But that could be too long for GM to wait, especially when there’s an all-new XT5 in another part of the word, ready to go. I am sure there is a strong push within GM to introduce the new generation in North America after the current XT5 stops production later this year.
Currently, the XT5 is available with a 2.0 Liter Turbo or a 3.6 Liter V6. It seems GM has been replacing their super smooth V6 with newer versions of the 2.5 Liter Turbo or 2.7 Liter Turbo. Both large 4-cylinder engines with more power than the V6 but none of its smoothness.
I guess that would be the case for a possible next-generation XT5 in the US as well.
While the exterior is a bit of a letdown, I am sure the interior is really nice. All new Cadillac models have had wonderful interiors (except the ones with goofy dashboard-length screens like the Escalade IQ and Celestiq).
What do you think? Should Cadillac sell the next XT5 over here?
Its direct competitor in the US, the 2024 Lincoln Nautilus is getting a new generation In North America, although it is built in China and is now an import.
Should Cadillac import the XT5 from China?